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Great Plays From the 2012 MLB Season

We are knocking on the doorstep of 2013 and with it the promise of Spring Training about six weeks away.  Although it is cold outside, writing about baseball and scanning mlb.com for material makes my body forget that the temperature is lower than my age.  Before we turn the page to next year, let’s look at some outstanding gems from the 2012 season.  Maybe this type of post can become more frequent during the 2013 season.  Instead of searching other places on the Internet, catch some great highlights all on one site.  Mine.

Ben Revere will be trading uniforms next year, going from the Minnesota Twins to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Revere has flashed some tremendous leather during his time in Minnesota and the city of Philadelphia will enjoy this human highlight film.  The Twins’ fans’ loss becomes the Phillies’ fans’ gain.

Not known for his glove, Travis Snider of the Pittsburgh Pirates made one of the great catches you will ever see.  Outside of this a handful of other plays, not much went right for the Bucs during the second half of 2012.  Maybe Pittsburgh’s fortunes will climb in 2013 much like Snider scaling the wall.

Every time I post a blog about great defense, Brandon Phillips is sure to be included.  Not only is the Cincinnati Reds‘ second basemen a standout ballplayer, he is one of the best interviews in the game.  I am glad Cincy has him under contract until 2018.

Mike Trout was THE name in baseball in 2012.  The Los Angeles Angels phenom easily won Rookie of the Year honors and placed second in the American League MVP race.  It is about time he was on the other end of the highlight reel, courtesy of Seattle Mariners outfielder Casper Wells.

Michael Bourn is still a man without a team.  His previous employer, the Atlanta Braves decided to go in another direction by signing B.J. Upton.  Whoever signs Bourne will be treating their fans to a plethora of plays such as this one.

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3 Memorable But Overlooked Plays from Past World Series

The 107th World Series opened tonight in San Francisco as the Giants take on the Detroit Tigers.   Whether this series is done in a flash in four games or stretches out to a seven game classic, there will be some plays that will be memorable for quite some time.  There will be others that are just as important but may get overlooked particularly if we have a Game 6 like last year.  Here are highlights that may be well-known but are not considered the high point of either the game or the Series in which it took place.

George Foster‘s catch and throw-Game 6 1975

This will always be known as the game in which Carlton Fisk ended the game in the 12th inning with a memorable home run giving Boston a 7-6 victory over the Reds to force a Game 7.  One of the subplots was Bernie Carbo‘s 8th inning pinch hit, three-run homer to tie the game at 6.   However, it was Foster’s catch in left field that added to the legend of this contest.  The Sox loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th and no one out.  Fred Lynn lifted a flyball, not deep but toward the wall in foul territory.  Foster made the catch and then gunned down Denny Doyle trying to tag up and win the game.  Cincy’s Will McEnaney then retired Rico Petrocelli and it was off to extra innings.  You can see the play at about the 2.45 mark.

Joe Ferguson‘s catch and throw-Game 1 1974

About the only memorable moment from this World Series is that the Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 1 to win their third consecutive title.  This clip is from Game 1 of that series in which the A’s won 3-2 and took place in the top of the 8th inning.  In fact, the runner Sal Bando, plated the deciding run by reaching on throwing error and advancing to third.  Ferguson made the catch in right field and threw a missile to catcher Steve Yeager.

Eric Davis‘s home run-Game 1 1990

The A’s had advanced to their third straight AL Championship against the upstart Reds and their “Nasty Boys” bullpen.  Cincinnati pulled off one of the biggest shockers in baseball history by sweeping the mighty A’s.  This two run home run by Eric Davis in the first inning set the tone for the Reds’ romp.

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MLB Highlights (In Case You Missed Them)

It has been a while since this blog has featured some of the best defensive plays Major League Baseball has to offer.  I say defense because most offensive highlights these days are home runs, guys staring at their home runs or end of game moments that range from a walk to a grand slam and all finish with a sea of home team players streaming onto the field.  Then again, maybe we can get a 450 foot blast in here once in a while, can’t we?

On to the clips.

Josh Reddick-Reddick was plucked by Oakland in a trade that sent the now injured Andrew Bailey to Boston.   He has been the A’s best offensive player so far which resulted in his being selected to this season’s All Star Game.  However, the one play that stood out for me was this laser he fired during a game in April that reminded me of Ichiro’s throw in 2001 that is still shown today.  Click here and watch this cannon. 

Mike Baxter-MLB Network recently ran the Top 75  Plays in the First Half as voted on by Facebook users.  I watched the last 35 minutes of this program and it is incomprehensible that this catch to preserve Johan Santana’s  no-hitter did not make the top 44.  Baxter literally sacrificed his body on this play as he was taken off the field and hasn’t been seen since then.  If you haven’t seen it, please watch it now. 

Brandon Phillips-Double plays are fun to watch.  Watching Brandon Phillips play defense is fun.  So why not combine the two?  Phillips is a magician in the field and a pretty fine offensive player as well and is a major reason why the Reds are in first place at the moment.  Here is one of the many plays that make the 2nd baseman a nightly highlight reel.

Cameron Maybin-Like Phillips, Maybin is a bet to make the highlight reel every night.  He is the perfect guy to play in the vast outfield of Petco Park.  His glove and now his bat are showing people why the Marlins wanted him when they traded Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.  What follows is one of the best catches that will be made in 2012.  Click here and enjoy the play calling of the great Dick Enberg

I hope you enjoyed the videos.  There are countless others out there but these are the ones that stick out for now.  I’ll get some more to you soon.

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